Wednesday, 5 February 2014

A day for monsters

Doxey Pool, on the Roaches

Doxey Pool, which is this little patch of water on the Roaches ridge on the moorlands near Leek, is a bleak place in winter.  Especially on a winter's day that is grey and totally wetly-muddy after all the rain we've been having.
On such a day you can quite believe the Doxey Pool legend: that the 'river-hag' Jenny Greenteeth, who inhabits it, grabs at passers-by and drags them to their death. (Though she is not be confused with the equally murderous, nearby Blake Mere Mermaid who is apparently quite pretty, by contrast)..

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